Huntington freshman Jack Flores kept to the match plan and displayed nerves of steel, toppling No. 1 seeded Jackson Weisbrot of Half Hollow Hills West in a three set thriller in the Suffolk boys’ tennis singles finals at William Floyd on Tuesday.
Flores won 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to capture the county crown and become Blue Devil head coach Jamie Fishlow’s first boys’ team player to reach the state tournament.
Fishlow was very pleased with his star. “He played to his potential,” the veteran coach said. “He focused and was confident. He controlled the middle of the court and kept the ball deep on rallies. This kept Weisbrot on the defensive. He also hit some big shots when it counted. He handled the pressure well.”
The victory was especially sweet since Weisbrot had defeated Flores in the Suffolk Division I tournament finals last week. But the Huntington freshman regrouped over the past week and played the match of his life, pulling off an upset.
“I came in with a new strategy and stuck to it,” Flores said. “I also never gave up and fought for every point knowing it was going to be a challenge.”
The Blue Devil tennis star has compiled a 20-4 mark this spring after going 17-7 and finishing fourth in the county tournament as an eighth grader in 2016.
A talented senior, Weisbrot has earned the respect of every Suffolk tennis coach and player, including Flores. “I never really felt that I had him locked,” the Huntington teenager said. “I focused on one point at a time as I learned to always respect my opponents and not let my guard down. I also continued to believe in myself.”
Flores will now advance to the New York State Intersectional Tournament at the National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadow on June 1-3.